Depending upon the size of the cataract, it can diminish normal vision
The clouding process is a result of changes in the proteins and lens fibers in the eye
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
Cataracts usually form rather slowly, so the symptoms my slowly progress over time
Blurred or hazy vision
Reduced color vision
Increased difficulty seeing at night
Change in prescription
Increased complaints of glare when driving at night
How Common are Cataracts?
Cataracts are very common as you age and cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure performed in the world!
What Causes Cataracts?
Most cataracts form as a result of age and time
Other possible causes of cataracts include diabetes, certain medications, UV radiation, smoking, alcohol and nutritional deficiency
Some infants or young children can develop cataracts, but this is very rare
The cause is usually genetics or infection during pregnancy
When do Cataracts Occur?
Most cataracts develop in people over the age of 55
Occasionally they occur in very young children
How are Cataracts Diagnosed?
Diagnosing cataracts begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Ducklo EyeCare
During this exam, your doctor uses multiple tests to evaluate the presence of a cataract
This may include evaluation of the lens and other supplemental testing
How are Cataracts Treated?
There are some approaches to try and prevent cataract formation.
This includes: Wearing sunglasses
Increasing the intake of antioxidant vitamins in the diet
Eating lots of leafy green vegetables
Treating cataracts depends on the severity and progression of the cataract. Cataract surgery is the most common treatment and it is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world! Cataract Resources National Institute of Health: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp